Todd J. Zywicki, Executive Director, is a George Mason University Foundation Professor of Law, a senior scholar of the Mercatus Center, and a senior fellow of the James Buchanan Center for Political Economy Program on Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. He has been a member of the Mason law faculty since 1998, having previously served on the faculty of the Mississippi College of Law, and as a visiting professor at Vanderbilt University Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, and Boston College Law School. Zywicki clerked for Judge Jerry E. Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, practiced bankruptcy and commercial law, and from 2003-04, he was director of the Office of Policy Planning at the Federal Trade Commission. Professor Zywicki earned his BA cum laude from Dartmouth College with high honors in his major (Government), his MA in economics from Clemson University, and his JD from the University of Virginia, where he was a John M. Olin Scholar in Law and Economics.
John J. Kornacki, is Director of Education for the Law & Economics Center and Professor of Law and Public Policy for the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School. Prior to joining the law school, he was a faculty member in the School of Public Affairs at American University and an administrator of the school’s Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research. He has taught legislative affairs for the Graduate School Political Management at George Washington University. He also taught for Johns Hopkins University’s graduate program in government and for JHU’s Institute for Policy Studies. He earlier served as staff director of the Legislative Resource Center in the US House of Representatives and as executive director of the Everett McKinley Dirksen Center for Congressional Leadership Research. He received his BS from Marquette University, his MS and PhD from Michigan State University in resource economics and development.
James C. Cooper is an Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Economics & Privacy. Prior to joining the Law & Economics Center, James spent years at the Federal Trade Commission, serving in a variety of capacities, including advisor to Commissioner William Kovacic and Acting Director fo the Office of Policy and Planning. Prior to joining the FTC, he was an associate in the antitrust group at Crowell & Moring LLP in Washington, DC. James has taught law and economics at Johns Hopkins University, and his research has appeared in publications including the Antitrust Law Journal, International Journal of Industrial Organization, and the Boston University Law Review. He has a BA from the University of South Carolina, a PhD in Economics from Emory University, and a JD from George Mason University School of Law, where he was a Robert A. Levy Fellow in Law and Liberty.